Rent The Cove (2009)

4.1 of 5 from 136 ratings
1h 36min
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The shocking, moving, controversial and critically acclaimed documentary of the year delves into the murky world of International whaling revealing a sinister and a most unbelievable story of government corruption, mismanagement and manipulation. Back in the 1960s, Ric O'Barry captured and trained 5 dolphins that played the title character in the international television sensation "Flipper." One fateful day, a Heartbroken O'Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures must never be subjected to human captivity again.
Now on a mission of self-redemption O'Barry enlists the help of a crack team who travel to Taiji, a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, where a shocking secret lies deep within its shallow waters. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in a chilling and inhumane hunt they and the authorities will stop at nothing to keep hidden.
, , Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff, Joji Morishita, , , Doug DeMaster, , , Hayato Sakurai, Kazutaka Sangen, Simon Hutchins, , Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Kirk Krack, , Hideki Moronuki, Dan Goodman,
Mark Monroe
Louie Psihoyos, Fisher Stevens
E1 Entertainment

2010 Oscar Best Documentary

2009 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Documentary

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Run Time:
96 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Audio commentary
  • Mercury Rising
  • Additional Camera Footage
  • Surfer Paddle Free Diving Short
  • Mandy & Dolphin
  • Ric’s Wig Recon
  • Taiji Whale Festival

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Reviews (1) of The Cove

Not 12, definitely 18 - The Cove review by JD

Spoiler Alert

This is a documentary about the slaughter of 23,000 dolphins in a small cove every year, in a very defensive and secretive town in Japan. It is not for the faint hearted. I found it haunting and disturbing. If it doesn't make you angry and sad you have no soul.

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